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Doctor fatally struck by vehicle after exiting to help driver

She was a doctor at the Coon Rapids Allina Health clinic.
Jodi Zenti

A woman who was fatally struck by the vehicle she was a passenger in on Hwy. 169 entering Princeton has been identified as a beloved doctor. 

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office identified her as Dr. Jodi A. Zenti, 57, of Andover. According to police, Zenti called 911 around 8:15 a.m. Friday, July 17, to report that the driver of the vehicle she was in had become unresponsive and needed medical attention. 

Police say Zenti exited the vehicle in an attempt to provide medical care and was hit by the vehicle and dragged. First responders arrived and found the vehicle in the center median of S. Rum River Drive at Northland Blvd. 

The driver who experienced the medical emergency was taken to Princeton Fairview Hospital and has been cooperating with the investigation, police said. 

Zenti was a family and osteopathic doctor with Allina Health. She worked at the Coon Rapids Allina Health clinic located at 9055 Springbrook Dr. NW.

Allina Health issued the following statement the loss of their colleague. 

"Our sincerest condolences go out to Dr. Jodi Zenti's family and friends. Dr. Zenti went above and beyond for her patients and fellow employees during her more than 25 years at Allina Health. She will be greatly missed by her patients and colleagues."

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